Money aside, the Surface Pro has matured into an excellent, all-round portable. However, when taking into account the price it's arguably highly priced for what it offers.
The best two-in-one money can buy...
You'll need a lot of money to buy it - especially as the entry level Surface Pro is sorely under-specced (and not upgradeable).
When the Microsoft Surface first appeared just after Windows 8 it was considered good, but not quite right: the Windows RT-powered Surface RT offered barely any apps, while the low-power Intel Core i5 in the Surface Pro could get quite toasty if you tried to do anything too demanding with it.
But after almost five years of refinement, and now in its fifth iteration, the latest Surface Pro is beginning to look and feel seriously impressive.
The Surface Pro builds on all the successes (and failures) of the various Surfaces that came before it, this time delivering the best battery life and performance we've seen to date.
You'd certainly expect incredible performance given the asking price of this thing: £799 for the Intel Core m3 version right through to £2,699 for the Core i7 variant with 16GB RAM. Couple that with the fact it doesn't ship with the essential £149.99 keyboard, the optional £99 Surface Pen or Office 365 and that's over £3,000 for a kitted out laptop in tablet's clothing.
So, if you've got three grand busting out of your piggy bank is it worth the outlay?
The Surface Pro's design is the epitome of refinement. Sure, every Surface we've reviewed has looked excellent, but this one just looks better. It's all about attention to detail here, with the Surface Pro packing colour-matched hinges and ports that make the whole aesthetic that bit more seamless.
It's thin too. Despite packing a better battery than its predecessor, it's roughly the same thickness at 8.5mm, while shrinking the surface area slightly to deliver an ever so slightly better screen to bezel ratio.
Made of a rich, matte metal, it feels solid and soft at the same time while keeping fingerprints at bay. Our review device, the i7 variant weighs 784g and, given the fact it was still manageable one-handed, this bodes well for the i5 and m3 variants, both of which are approximately 15g lighter.
Ports are predictably poor, as is the case on all slender, handsome Windows tablets. On the right is a proprietary charging connector, one full-sized USB 3 port and one display port. To the left you'll find a headphone jack, while the side is also magnetic, adhering the optional Surface Pen to it relatively securely.
The sides also play home to stereo speakers, while up top are the buttons and at the base is the magnetic keyboard connector.
A key area where Surface devices have excelled in the past is in its hinges, and there is no tablet hinge more amazing than that on the new Surface Pro. Supporting the tablet from virtually upright right through to nigh-on flat, the Surface Pro's hinge is firmly fixed throughout a 165-degree range of motion. It's incredibly solid and incredibly satisfying - excellent engineering, Microsoft.
The 12.3in PixelSense displays on Surfaces have always looked incredible and this one is no exception. The 3:2 aspect ratio is novel in a world of widescreen laptops, while the Gorilla Glass 3 is rich to the touch and offers more protection than we've seen on past Surface devices.
Sure, 3:2 screens mean borders up top and below when watching films, and it is also reflective, but those are the only two negatives here.
Clarity is good with a resolution of 2,736x1,824 resulting in a pixel density of 267 pixels-per-inch. That's sharper than pretty much every laptop around and most tablets - so however you want to watch the Surface, it'll look excellent.
As for the tech at work, it's IPS LCD is loaded up with an N-Trig digitiser. This means that when the Surface Pro is combined with a shiny new Surface Pen, it has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Pair that with the extent to which this thing folds flat and the Surface Pro is the best illustration tool to come out of Microsoft to date, other than the Surface Studio, of course.
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